RI firearm panel to review report

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A task force looking into whether Rhode Island should begin submitting mental health records to the national firearm background check system is finishing up its work.

The panel is set to meet Tuesday to review its final report to lawmakers. A draft of the recommendation calls for the state to provide limited records to prevent violent, mentally unstable individuals from being able to purchase a gun while protecting medical privacy.

The task force was created by the General Assembly to examine why the state currently doesn't report any of its mental health records to the system.

The draft report recommends that the state allow courts to submit information to the background system when a person is involuntarily committed and determined to pose a substantial risk of violence.

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